I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
You guys can kill me if we've been over it, but were there any noticeable differences to the stadium experience this past Saturday?
h/t MGoN00b Sternrudder:
Great to hear he got his press credentials back. It would also be nice to learn that the loud music is now gone from the stadium PA system. I wasn't at the Indiana game-- can anyone report on the status of the amplified "music?"
Maybe it's a State of Indiana thing? Not to be outdone by terrible ND and Purdue videos, the Indiana Athletic Department has released it's own RAWK MUSIC video highlighting a half empty stadium and a bunch of white kids rapping.
So, I have been going to Michigan games for a bit over three decades. I like tradition but am amenable to change, including the Rawk music blaring in the stadium. Rather than be a naysayer, I'd like to make the thing better. Here are some thoughts:
1. Use volume more effectively. Not everything needs to be played at eleven.
2. I like hearing the band - today was pretty good that way. Especially percussion section.
3. No Rawk music at all when the team is coming on the field. Not even a peep. Just hear Brady Hoke say "This is Michigan for godsakes", then the team runs on the field to the band playing.
Okay, with that said, now comes the part for audience participation: music selection. What would people actually want to hear? I think the following should make the cut:
1. Seven Nation Army - just because it was awesome during the ND game and the White Stripes came from Detroit.
2. Howlin' for you (The Black Keys) - because the chant would be cool in the stadium and I don't know anyone else using it yet.
3. Rocky & Bullwinkle (The Michigan Marching Band) - Yes, I like the Blues Brothers thing, but I grew up making moose ears at the stadium
What thinks the Board?
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Notre Dame started the trend of terrible RAWK music videos with the one we all laughed at last year. And whether you like it or not, we now have Pop Evil's Michigan version. But the University of Florida has taken the cake with this traveshamockery:
Question for the folks out there:
Where is "South Detroit?"
I was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs. I have never lived more than 30 miles from the Detroit border yet I have never wandered into this elusive part of Detroit. I can easily identify the east side, west side, and the southwest corner of the city. One would suppose from the way thousands of Detroit area fanatics belt out the lyrics from the classic rawk hit that the region is famous or populated or exists.
I hope someone can fill this gap for me. If not, well, I will forever endure the apprehensive shudder that courses through my soul each time the first note of the Journey song pierces the gameday sanctity of Michigan Stadium.
In September 2011, Michigan should wear 1948 jerseys, including matching numbers corresponding to each position. Notre Dame should do the same, but their year should be 1949. Each won a MNC in their respective years (M's was a controversial vote with ND on top of that), and each jersey is somewhat different from today's model.
Michigan would wear long sleeved jerseys with different style numbers, and could even go back to the more yellow Maize for the numbers and pants:
Notre Dame could wear long sleeve green with gold pants, as shown in this 1950 magazine:
Michigan would require one tackle to change their historically corresponding number away from 11, but no other retired numbers were used on the 1948 roster. Notre Dame would not have to change any because they have never retired a number. Long sleeves would not be much of an issue IMO, the average A2 temperature in September is somewhere between 58-(Edit:) 72 degrees and it will be a night game.
This is the best idea I can think of to bridge the gap between the RAWK music, as JeepinBen put it, and the "Get off my lawn" crowd. To put it in terms DB would understand, I think a lot of people would buy the 1948 jersey due to color changed, long sleeves and the intangibles that get fans to buy throwbacks.